Learn what milestones can represent and how to use them in a project schedule.
- [Voiceover] Milestones get their name from the past,…when people placed stones by the side of a road…to mark each mile.…In projects, milestones do a similar job,…but they show progress…and other key project points,…rather than distance.…They show when you've accomplished key tasks…or portions of a project,…and they make it easy to see how much you've completed…and when it finished.…Milestones are great as the first and last tasks…in your project schedule.…
By starting a project with a milestone,…you can easily reschedule the project start date,…just by moving the starting milestone to a later date.…The last task in a project schedule…is almost always a milestone.…By looking at the final milestone,…you can tell whether the project is on time, late,…or ahead of schedule.…Milestones also help highlight progress you've made…in between the project start and finish.…When all the work leading up to that milestone is done,…you have the satisfaction…of marking off another milestone as complete.…
If you're waiting for someone to deliver something,…
Bonnie Biafore has always been fascinated by how things work and how to make things work better. In this course, she explains the fundamentals of project management, from defining the problem, establishing project goals and objectives, and building a project plan to managing team resources, meeting deadlines, and closing the project. Along the way, she provides tips for reporting on project performance, keeping a project on track, and gaining customer acceptance.
- Defining the components of a project
- What it takes to be a project manager
- Using project management software like Microsoft Project
- Managing project scope, budget, and schedule
- Managing project resources, including people
- Managing project risk
- Initiating a project
- Identifying and managing stakeholders
- Identifying requirements and deliverables
- Developing a project plan
- Building a project schedule
- Assigning resources to tasks
- Understanding the critical path
- Running the project
- Managing teams
- Monitoring performance
- Closing a project
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know Project Management
2. Exploring Project Management Knowledge Areas
3. First Things First
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4. Developing a Project Plan
5. Building a Project Schedule
6. While You Run the Project
7. Working with Teams
8. Monitoring and Controlling Progress and Performance
9. Closing a Project
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